Sunday, October 16, 2011

Magnificent Hearst Castle

I've been running around the California Central Coast and was lucky enough to tour the Hearst Castle! This amazing place, nestled in the hills of San Simeon with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, is part of the California State Park system. In 1919, William Randolph Hearst, son of a wealthy miner, began construction with famed architect Julia Morgan to build his dream home. By 1947, they had created an estate of 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools, and walkways. The main house, "Casa Grande", along with three guest houses were designed in a Mediterranean Revival style, inspired by a Spanish cathedral. The estate is filled with European and Mediterranean art and antiques. Here are a few of my pictures:

Casa Grande!

The Dining Room!

Place settings in the dining room; apparently,
Hearst really liked Del Monte "Catsup" and French's mustard!

The Neptune Pool!

One of many breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean;
which, should be enjoyed with my favorite cocktail:



One bottle of your favorite champagne


Poor into a nice champagne flute, pretend this is your home, and enjoy!

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